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Denny-R
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Today I wanna share my DaVinci Resolve project settings for Mavic Mini with you:

1. Match the video resolution and fps of the source footage. In my case 2.7k at 25fps.
2. Optimize playback while working in Resolve by lowering the optimized media and render cache quality.
3. Optional: When mixing different fps videos, changing the frame interpolation setting to optical flow might prevent stuttering in the final video.

ResolveSettings-Master

ResolveSettings-Master


4. Set image scaling and cropping to your liking, in case of mixing videos
    with different resolutions and aspect ratios. For example Mini + GoPro.

ResolveSettings-ImageScaling

ResolveSettings-ImageScaling


5. Set Color Managment to the Minis color space Rec.709, which is greate for color grading.

ResolveSettings-ColorManagement

ResolveSettings-ColorManagement


6. Some optional settings affecting working with colors.

ResolveSettings-General

ResolveSettings-General


7. In the Fusion Tab add a

    RemoveNoise Node with: Method: Color (Locked), Softness 0.00024 , Detail 0.024
    or a
    Gaussian Blur Node with: Strength 0.1

    to remove the Minis over-sharpening

8. Have fun color grading. I suggest watching some YouTube Videos about that if you are new to DaVinci.
    Some good sources:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAYVd0fXmRJFkBAaQJRvcuw
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFIRm1Fv1VC4DZxmYyvNOTQ
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn5GD-PNXWyonXQO8rH3vPw
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSyHJ48k9OQUQjQFimxYf9g

9. I myself allways export with the H.264 Master preset at the same resolution as the source video.

ResolveSettings-Deliver

ResolveSettings-Deliver


10. I use a software called Handbrake to compress videos in different resolutions and qualities for the target platforms.
     Handbrake gives you access to every setting for H264 and H265 (8bit and 10bit) and other codecs,     so you should allways get the best quality for your target.


Now go out there, have fun flying and filming, and get some cool videos done.


PS: I'm not a Pro at video editing, you are free to post suggestions and correct me ;)






2019-12-24
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DJI Stephen
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Hello and good day Denny-R. Thank you for reaching out and for sharing these information. Happy Holidays.
2019-12-24
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MikeCH
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Yeah! Awesome, thanks!
2019-12-24
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Woe
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Thanks for sharing
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Eric13
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Thank you for your efforts! Very helpful!
2020-1-18
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Gelert
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One very helpful info there - many thanks for taking the time to share
2020-1-18
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Mortensldk
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Thanks for sharing
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ARTPiranha
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Great info, thanks and respect
2020-1-19
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InspektorGadjet
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Thanks a lot for the info, Im learning Davinci Resolve and this is great stuff!
2020-1-19
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tshansen
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Why do you use that resolution? 2.7k is 2560x1440 ?
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ulfw
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tshansen Posted at 1-19 06:56
Why do you use that resolution? 2.7k is 2560x1440 ?

Why on earth would you think 2560 would be abbreviated to 2.7K? Where is the 7 coming from you think?
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tshansen
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ulfw Posted at 1-19 07:18
Why on earth would you think 2560 would be abbreviated to 2.7K? Where is the 7 coming from you think?

Haha, sorry i mixed the 1440p and 2.7k settings :-P my bad
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tshansen
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ulfw Posted at 1-19 07:18
Why on earth would you think 2560 would be abbreviated to 2.7K? Where is the 7 coming from you think?


:-) The list of 2.7K depends on how you ask. Gopro has some numbers etc.
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Denny-R
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2.7k DJI vs GoPro:

DJI: 2720 x 1536 (pixel perfect 16:9 would be 1530 height = +6px = band at bottom)

GoPro: 2704 x 1520 (pixel perfect 16:9 would be 1521 height = -1px)

I always use pixel perfect ratio.

(Height difference causing the band at the bottom is due to compression pixel block size.)
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fans4b56c42f
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Awesome info !!!
Thanks for sharing !!
2020-1-25
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Debugger
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Thanks for sharing
I disagree with you on step 9
With your settings the bit rate of the exported file is always > 100.000 when the original is ~ 40.000. As a result the exported file is much bigger than the original with no reason.

Also I use mp4 instead of Quicktime.

These are my settings


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Denny-R
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Debugger Posted at 1-25 13:12
Thanks for sharing
I disagree with you on step 9
With your settings the bit rate of the exported file is always > 100.000 when the original is ~ 40.000. As a result the exported file is much bigger than the original with no reason.

Saving the video at the same Bitrate introduces more compression artifacts. It's like saving a jpeg and reopen and save again at same setting. Try that a few times.

So I want to keep my quality, and don't care about the size, since I just use that video to compress from for target platforms and usually don't keep it.
Also the container doesn't matter, codec is still h264.

2020-1-25
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InspektorGadjet
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Denny-R Posted at 1-19 08:51
2.7k DJI vs GoPro:

DJI: 2720 x 1536 (pixel perfect 16:9 would be 1530 height = +6px = band at bottom)

Thanks for that useful info!
2020-1-26
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Hello Denny-R...  Thank you for your post.  I have just installed DR 16 on my PC and I am trying to learn it.  I have two videos I shot @ 30 fps in 2.7K and hope to edit them.  I sure apperciate all the settings you posted..
2020-2-25
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fansbe02005a
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Quick question.  I entered the information above  in my preferences and saved it.  But after closing down DR 16 and opening it again, all my saved settings were lost.  How do I save them?  Can I creat a profile (is that what it is called?) and force save the options?  Thanks again for your post.  mraroid
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Denny-R
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fansbe02005a Posted at 2-25 15:33
Quick question.  I entered the information above  in my preferences and saved it.  But after closing down DR 16 and opening it again, all my saved settings were lost.  How do I save them?  Can I creat a profile (is that what it is called?) and force save the options?  Thanks again for your post.  mraroid

In settings under Preset you can save the current settings as a preset. I haven't tried to make it load that as default since I have different presets. I will look into it when I'm back home.
2020-2-25
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flcusat
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As a newbie, I really appreciate you guys sharing this information.
2020-5-8
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Luca90
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Great!
Appreciated post, thank you!
2020-5-9
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flcusat
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I just installed DaVinci Resolve 16 and keeps crashing on me when I try to save settings and or perform some tasks.
I did some research and looks like there are a lot of people having issues with NVIDIA cards without support for the Studio Driver.
In my case, I have the NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT which doesn't support the Studio Driver.
Could someone recommend a video editing software for a newbie to get my feet wet before I jump all the way in into this and start spending money?
Thanks in advance.
2020-5-9
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Mortensldk
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Thanks for sharing!
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FSociety_MM
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Very useful, thanks!
2020-9-7
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welch.k
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I guess I need to use Handbrake? I can't get my videos to import to resolve. Is there a setting in the DJI app for the Camera or Handbrake?
2020-9-22
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welch.k@studentfilmmakers.com Posted at 9-22 09:08
I guess I need to use Handbrake? I can't get my videos to import to resolve. Is there a setting in the DJI app for the Camera or Handbrake?

Click on File on the Davinci Resolve and select import media, then DR will place the video file in the media group for you to drag and drop on the the timeline.
2020-9-22
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TReggieB
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Great post! Thank you!
2020-9-29
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Tentoes
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Thank you. I'm a resolve beginner.
2020-9-29
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DronerStudio
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Hi, this is a bit old post, but it's the best approach I've seen to DaVinci Resolve for a DJI Mini. Would you change something with the Mini 2 in addition to the resolution in the timeline?
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